Atomos Brings HDR to Field Monitors

Atomos has shown off two new 7.1″ field monitors prior to NAB, which display 10 stops of luminance detail, with 10-bit HDR post production colour accuracy (8-bit + FRC); said to be the first time a field monitor has achieved this.

Content recorded using a log-based OETF delivers high sensor detail, but can look washed-out on monitors, making it difficult to judge exposure. Film makers often compromise, using look-up tables or or combination of calibration cards and waveform – however, this sacrifices detail or accuracy.

The new products are the Shogun Flame and Ninja Flame, part of the Flame Series. They are able to accurately display HDR due to the AtomHDR engine, which resolves the brightness details of Log-based camera signals, while also enabling 10-bit colour accuracy. Colour is encoded in 4:2:2.

“Our job is to open up HDR to all filmmakers by removing the technical and affordability hurdles that might slow its progress”, said Atomos CEO Jeromy Young.

Brightness reaches 1,500 cd/m², and can be adjusted using the Brightness Slider feature. The monitors have hot-swappable dual battery design, which automatically switches to taking power from the second battery when the first is running low.

Both monitors record content direct from the sensor: either UltraHD (30fps) or 1920 x 1080 (120fps). They also feature on-the-fly 3:2 and 2:2 pulldown removal, as well as recording features such as Timelapse and Pre-roll. Focus, framing and exposure tools are built in.

The monitors are identical, barring inputs. The Ninja Flame an HDMI 1.4b input, while the Shogun Flame adds an SDI port. They are 7.1″ models with 1920 x 1200 resolution and IPS panels. They follow Rec.709 and are compatible with 3D LUTs.

Both monitors are available now, for $1,300 (Ninja Flame) or $1,700 (Shogun Flame).